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Sad Story: A Common Carpet Buying Nightmare for Unsuspecting Homeowners
For several years, George and Mary had been saving up to buy the perfect new carpet now that all their kids were grown and out on their own. What was supposed to be an exciting event for George and Mary was about to turn into a costly and time consuming nightmare.
When George and Mary finally decided to buy carpet from a large carpet retailer, they thought they had it all planned out perfectly. They thought they knew what they were doing. They took their time and looked at lots of carpet samples and visited several carpet dealers before they made their final choice.
It was early April when George and Mary decided to start shopping for new carpet for their three-bedroom split-level home. Raising three kids and several pets through the years had taken its toll on their existing carpet and padding. There were several "bad" areas around the house where their old cat had urinated and nothing they tried could remove the stains and odor. Their cat had recently passed away from old age so they thought the time was finally right to get new carpet installed.
Together they visited several carpet stores around town and finally found the perfect color and style they were looking for at the local home improvement warehouse. The total price was a bit higher than they had hoped but they were getting tired from looking at dozens of colors and styles and were eager make their final choice. They liked the fact that the retailer was running a $199 special on installation for the whole house. Their salesperson said that it would take about three weeks for their new carpet to arrive.
George and Mary's new carpet was scheduled for installation on May 5th. On the afternoon of May 4th George had his two sons come over to help him move all the furniture out of the way so the carpet could be installed the next day. Most of the larger furniture had to be moved outside on the deck and some placed into the garage.
The threat of rain forced them to buy plastic sheeting to cover everything put outside so it wouldn't get wet. The kitchen and main bath were filled with smaller items so dinner that night was delivered pizza and in the morning breakfast would just be doughnuts and coffee.
The carpet installers were supposed to show up first thing in the morning but as of 9am they had not shown up. Finally about 10am Mary decided to call the carpet store to find out what was going on...
Read the rest of the story... George and Mary's Carpet Buying Nightmare